Tailor-Made Holiday

Brazil - Best of Rio and Paraty

10 days

from £2,595pp

This Brazil holiday combines the buzz and excitement of Rio de Janeiro with the peace and tranquillity of Paraty. Visit the iconic sites of Rio and take a thrilling helicopter flight over the city for free.

  • Free helicopter flight over Rio
  • Visit Sugar Loaf mountain, the Christ statue and the cobbled streets of Santa Teresa
  • Drive the Costa Verde coast with its beautiful bays and green hills
  • Wander the cobbled streets of colonial Paraty, a pretty UNESCO town

Begin this holiday in the iconic and vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A lively place and visually stunning with long golden beaches and mountainous backdrop. Spend the days visiting the sites including Sugar Loaf mountain, Corcovado statue and bohemian Santa Teresa with its winding streets and historic tram line. For a real treat and an experience like no other, take a scenic helicopter flight over the city which Steppes Travel are offering free of charge as part of this special holiday package. As well as the site seeing and nightlife on offer, there is still time to go shopping, wander the streets or relax on the beach.

In contrast to the buzz of Rio, travel along the beautiful Costa Verde coast to the sleepy fishing village of Paraty. A charming colonial town with traditional whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets. The town sits on a bay dotted with small islands and close to white sandy beaches, an area begging to be explored by schooner. Spend time in Paraty, a lovely place for relaxing, exploring and watching the world go by.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Gratuities

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Rio de Janeiro


As the Brazilians say, 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. This vibrant and lively city is a fun place to spend some time, and offers something for everyone.

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Rio's natural beauty is unsurpassable. Its magnificent shoreline, with its charming bays and beautiful beaches, is an important part of Rio social life and offers numerous outdoor activities from biking to surfing.

In the mountains above Rio, you will find the Tijuca national forest, the largest natural urban park in the world. The city's eight million inhabitants, known as 'Cariocas', are friendly, carefree people who always seem to find time for the pleasures of good living.


You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Half Day Sugar Loaf & Historical Tour
Commence with an insight into the history and culture of the city. Rio's major colonial buildings are located downtown where the city started to develop. Visit the Lapa Arches, 15th of November square, Municipal Theatre, Fine Arts Museum and Banco do Brasil Cultural Center.

Visit the iconic Sugar Loaf mountain and ride the cable cars to the top. The first cable-car goes to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 200 metres above sea level. Continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 400 metres above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city.


Helicopter Flight over Rio
Take a panoramic flight over Rio de Janeiro, for a spectacular glimpse of the city. Sites include Ipanema Beach, Fort and Copacabana Beach, Red Beach with a view to Sugar Loaf and Arpoador Beach.


You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Half Day Corcovado and Santa Teresa tour
A representative will collect you from your hotel and drive you to Cosme Velho Train Station. From here, take a cogwheel train through the Tijuca rainforest to the steps of the Christ Statue, where the views over the city of Rio and the Atlantic Ocean are breathtaking. Continue to Santa Teresa, ’the coolest part of Rio’, which boasts many colonial and 19th century buildings that are set in narrow, curving, and tree-lined streets.


You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Day at Leisure
Free day to explore the city or relax.


You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Travel along the Costa Verde from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty


A journey of approx four hours.


Paraty is a small colonial port on a stunning stretch of jungle-clad coast two hours drive south of Rio. The beauty of this town is that it has something for everyone: renovated 18th century colonial architecture, shopping for ceramics and other local handicrafts and a varied coastline of sheltered bays, hidden beaches and private islands. There is also a delightful weekend music scene based on a variety of jazz and blues.

This is an idyllic spot in which to experience a taste of authentic Brazil.


You will be staying at Pousada do Sandi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Paraty choice of activities and excursions
Day at leisure to explore the surrounding area. A few suggestions for this area - take a schooner trip around some of the islands in the bay, visit the many ornate churches, explore the colonial cobbled streets with art galleries and restaurants, trek to waterfalls and along the old historic gold trail or walk to the town beach of Pontal or to Jabaquara beach.


You will be staying at Pousada do Sandi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

You will be staying at Pousada do Sandi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

You will be staying at Pousada do Sandi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Travel along the Costa Verde from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro


A journey of four hours.

Fly Rio de Janeiro to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Pousada do Sandi

Pousada do Sandi

Pousada do Sandi occupies a former 18th century schoolhouse in the heart of Paraty, and within easy walking distance of the harbour....

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Porto Bay Rio International

Porto Bay Rio International

Porto Bay Rio International is a contemporary-style hotel directly opposite Copacabana Beach....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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